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Cardiff City vs. Arsenal: 6 Things We Learned
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Aaron Ramsey scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season and Mathieu Flamini added the other as Arsenal beat Cardiff City 3-0 to record their 15th win in their last 17 away games. The win takes the Gunners seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal proved far too slick a side for Cardiff and dominated possession from start to finish. Arsene Wenger's team were just too professional an obstacle for Malky Mackay's side and they made light work of the match.

Mesut Ozil contributed two assists and Ramsey put in yet another man of the match performance.

Cardiff came out with a defensively minded set up and rarely threatened Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal.

This was the first time Arsenal had faced Cardiff in league competition since 1962, and it was the first time Ramsey returned to his home club since 2009. On that occasion, Cardiff's fans roundly booed Ramsey's every touch.

Today it was a different story as the Welshman dominated the game to such an extent that Cardiff's fans actually applauded his play. Ramsey has been on a hot streak since the start of the season and has scored 15 goals from 25 games in all competitions.

His form has been such that he is now fourth favorite for the PFA player of the season behind Sergio Aguero,  Luis Suarez and Christian Benteke, according to Oddschecker.

Ramsey and Mikel Arteta linked well in central midfield, but the key partnerships for the Gunners involved Ramsey with Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil. The Welshman was imperious in the center and had an almost telepathic relationship with Wilshere on the right and Ozil just behind Olivier Giroud.

Flamini scored late on, after he was introduced for the ineffectual Santi Cazorla. Ramsey played his part, yet again, and threaded a pass to Ozil who teed up Flamini on the edge of the box. He duly hit the back of the net.

Ramsey then put the icing on the cake by adding his second goal as the match wound down. 

Cardiff, for their part, proved completely unadventurous and seemed set on trying to nick a goal from a set piece. In the second half they became more ambitious, especially after the introduction of Peter Odemwengie for Frazier Campbell. As usual they were difficult to break down with Gary Medel, once again, being their best player in midfield. Had they started with Campbell and Odemwengie they might have given the imperious Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny a more difficult game.

Here, Bleacher Report offers six things we learned from Cardiff City vs. Arsenal...


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